Horticulture on national curriculum lacks emphasis

The RHS and Institute of Horticulture (IoH) have welcomed the introduction of gardening on the national curriculum framework in England, but are disappointed that the sector's prominence given in the original draft has now been watered down.

RHS director general Sue Biggs said: "We're delighted that gardens and horticulture have been referenced in the latest consultation of the curriculum and recognised as a powerful medium through which design and technology skills can be taught. There is great synergy between horticultural skills such as problem solving, design, creativity and the tools a child will need to succeed in their career."

She added: "However, horticulture has not been given the same level of emphasis it was in the original draft, released in February, and this is a very good starting point that we must now build on."

IoH president Leigh Morris said: "It is great to read that there is more prominence for climate change in the new geography curriculum. But there was an opportunity in this process to have included more horticulture in the curriculum."

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